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America Recycles Day

Springfield will celebrate America Recycles Day November 15th with events that day and Saturday November 17th. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

If you drop off recyclables tomorrow (11/15) between 10 and 2 at the Lone Pine Recycling Center, you'll be treated with refreshments and the opportunity to win door prizes. Barbara Lucks, materials recovery and education coordinator for the City of Springfield, says it's a way to thank people for recycling.

Tomorrow is America Recycles Day, but the city will also observe it on Saturday by giving the public a chance to get rid of old tires and electronic items.

An e-waste collection for things like VCR's, camcorders, computers, microwaves, cell phones and televisions will be held from 9 to 4 Saturday at the Computer Recycling Center, 1434 N. National. Items will be accepted for free, with the exception of tvs, which will cost you $20 to get rid of.

A Waste Tire Collection will be held Saturday from 9 to 2 at the Missouri Entertainment and Event Center for Springfield residents only. Lucks says that's due to restrictions on a DNR grant that's making the collection possible.

According to Lucks, America Recycles Day is designed to raise awareness about the importance of recycling.

"I think now, more than ever, we're beginning to see the real benefits of recycling. Energy-saving is very significant when you use recycled materials and when you reduce waste in the beginning to start with. So, we're beginning to see more and more of those connections between recycling and energy conservation, and, certainly, and waste reduction, and, in the economic realm now it's a very viable and growing industry, creating jobs and becoming a very significant part of our economy."

Lucks says recycling in Springfield has never been healthier.

"We have what I call infrastructure in place. We have very viable businesses in Springfield now, several of them that are accepting either for in-use materials or certainly to process them and send them on to market. The markets are strong and our local businesses are strong and we have tremendous capacity. We just need more people to recycle now."

Lucks says she's getting more and more calls from businesses and individuals who want to start recycling or who want to learn how they can recycle even more.

Springfieldians are also encouraged to visit the National Recycling Coalition's website, and take a pledge to come together and recycle better because, according to the pledge, "it's easier to make a difference now more than ever."

For more information about recycling opportunities in Springfield, call 864-1904 or go to